Celebrate the close of summer at Mimbres Region Arts Council's sixth annual Pickamania! -- a free bluegrass, folk, Americana, roots and singer/songwriter festival in the heart of southwestern New Mexico. The free festival is outdoors, with a vendor alley featuring artisans from throughout the Southwest. Find out more!

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  • Hiking
    The Gila National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motor sports enthusiasts. The Gila’s trails will lead you from the edge of the Chihuahuan desert to the brink of alpine tundra through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southwest... Learn more.  
  • Astronomy & star-gazing
    Dark, dry skies across much of Grant County make for great star gazing almost everywhere. City of Rocks State Park and the Gila Wilderness are two great options, as is almost any remote spot in the county... Learn more.  
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  • "Best small town 2014"
    Smithsonian.com


    A Best Small Town to Visit in 2014!...
    There's something for everyone in Silver City, New Mexico, where the local population just tops 10,000. Locals say that it offers the "authentic New Mexico experience," but for each old west saloon, there's just as many unique, unexpected cafés serving pork loin bathed with bitter chocolate or Moroccan date-and-orange salad. Read more!

  • "50 Best Places to Live"
    National Geographic Adventure Magazine

    "Quaint, friendly, and affordable, southwestern New Mexico's Silver City is what Santa Fe was before trustafarians took over. Hike or bike seven miles of rocky trails in the rolling Boston Hills, a reclaimed historic mining area overlooking town. Or hook up with the nearby Continental Divide Trail ascending the Pinos Altos Mountains in 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest." Read more!

  • Walk the same trails as the ancient Mogollon people!

    Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s through the early 1300s. Learn more.

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Explore the rugged Mountain West along the Gila River

The beautiful Gila River creates and courses gently through the green Mimbres Valley, where long-time ranch families and new-comers alike make their homes.

In fact, folks have been living in and enjoying this area for more than 1,000 years: The Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, a world famous archaeological site, is now open to the public daily from 11 am to 3 pm. Mattocks Ruin is a collection of large pit houses and pueblo villages superimposed as the Mimbres people rebuilt their homes from 550 to 1140 CE. The main site has approximately 200 rooms.

Photo: The West Fork of the Gila River features dramatic canyons, gentle pools and some great swimming holes. Guides in the valley can help you extend your visit into some of the most remote and unvisited terrain in the United States!

Meet new friends in Hurley

The town of Hurley, started in the 1800s as a quintessential company town, retains the appeal and small-town feel of the early 20th Century, but with art galleries, businesses and schools that place it right at home in the 21st!

An active and energetic community organization, the Hurley Pride Committee, schedules events throughout the year and is active in proposing and implementing town improvement projects.

Hurley has long been associated with the county's copper mining industry, and remains so today. But in addition to jobs in mining, Hurley is a delightful small town, a great place to visit, and home to nearly 600 households of more than 1,500 people.

Photo: The old Hurley General Store now houses a modern art gallery, and is indicative of the small-town architecture that is preserved throughout the town of Hurley.

Small-town charm along the Gila and Mogollon Mountains

Bayard is located along the foothills of the Gila and Mogollon Mountains, along Highway 180 in the center of Grant County. It is situated east of the Continental Divide at elevation of approximately 5,800 feet. To the north lies the Gila National Forest and to the south a semi-arid desert of predominantly grasses and Yucca.

Formally known as Bayard Station, the present Village of Bayard began as a small depot on the Santa Fe Railroad and a homesteader's ranch house. The location now features a new, modern elementary school. The original depot, named Hall's Station, was located near the present one with a residence for the depot manager, O.M. Johns and his wife.

Photo: Bayard is home to elementary and high schools, quiet neighborhoods and municipal parks.

Pinos Altos: Tall pines and blue skies

Nestled in the Gila Forest on a sunny southern mountain slope, historic Pinos Altos (Spanish for "Tall Pines") could be your headquarters for fun and adventure in Silver City, Grant County and the huge Gila Wilderness.

While in town, visitors can walk through the pages of downtown history at historical sites and museum tours; enjoy great food and entertainment; try their hand at gold panning; or simply delight in the beautiful mountain views of the Gila National Forest.

Photo: On a clear day, from the tall, shady slopes of Pinos Altos you can see across the borders with Mexico to the south and Arizona to the west, both more than 80 miles away!

Home to Buffalo Soldiers, heart of the Mining District

Santa Clara is a small village in the center of Grant County with a long history as frontier outpost, company town, family-friendly community and more.

Santa Clara's exciting history and future both involve Fort Bayard, formerly home to Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Army, and now home to Fort Bayard Medical Center, a licensed and certified 200-bed long-term intermediate and skilled care facility. FBMC also offers chemical dependency treatment at Yucca Lodge Chemical Dependency Treatment Center.

Photo: Annual Fort Bayard Days give visitors a chance to see what frontier life was like for members of the US Army's famed Buffalo Soldiers!